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Top Dems Oppose Privatization of Funds that Support Schools and Students

04.24.18   WASHINGTON- Today, all 17 Democratic Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and all 24 Democratic Members of the Committee on Armed Services, sent a letter to Chairwoman Virginia Foxx and Chairman Mac Thornberry expressing strong opposition to the inclusion H.R. 5199, the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families, or any school voucher or privatization amendment, in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, members were concerned with how this bill wou… Continue Reading

Congressman Serrano Leads Joint Effort to Help Ensure Students With Disabilities Can Access Public Education

04.20.18   The Bronx - This week, Congressmen José E. Serrano, Jerrold Nadler, and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office requesting the agency to evaluate and issue a report on public schools' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The three Members are the Ranking Member of the House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Education and the Work… Continue Reading

Top Democrats Urge National Labor Relations Board to Protect Workers’ Right to Unionize

04.19.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and nine other Democrats submitted a public comment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about their request for information on whether to retain, rescind, or modify the 2014 Election Rule. The Obama-era rule streamlined the NLRB's process for union elections, eliminating unnecessary litigation and … Continue Reading

Republicans Missed Opportunity to Give Teachers a Raise

04.18.18   Teacher pay is falling across the country after factoring in inflation. In addition, teachers are being required to pay more for their health care, now paying nearly $1,300 more in annual premiums than the average for state and local employees. Teachers already make less than comparable workers in other fields-by more than 11 percent - and this gap is widening. These pay disparities result in many areas of the country struggling to recruit and retain teachers. One study showed that over 40 perc… Continue Reading

Scott Receives Champion of Children Award

04.18.18   WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, was presented the Congressional Champion of Children Award from Child Care Aware. Child Care Aware is an organization dedicated to ensuring the child care system supports all children and families. Recently, Congressman Scott worked to ensure the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill included an increase of $2.37 billion in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), including… Continue Reading

Bonamici Statement on Simplifying Student Loan Discharge for Disabled Veterans

04.17.18   WASHINGTON, DC [04/17/18] - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after the Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs announced a new action to simplify the student loan discharge process for disabled veterans: "Veterans have sacrificed for our country, and we must honor their service. Disabled veterans must not be burdened with student loan debt, and we should be helping them access the loan forgiveness t… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Stand Up to GOP Attacks on Community Service, Volunteers

04.17.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a full committee hearing on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs. Last year, 325,000 Americans serving through AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps invested more than 155 million hours of service to their communities at more than 50,000 locations across the nation. CNCS provides opportunities for individuals to respond to some of the most pressing challenge… Continue Reading

Bicameral Democratic Committee Leaders Urge Administration to Withdraw Harmful Short-Term Insurance Rule

04.13.18   WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democratic Committee health leaders called on the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed rule that would encourage the sale of junk health plans that will undermine consumer protections, sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces, and expose consumers to great financial risk. The proposed rule, published on February 21, 2018, would extend the allowable duration of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans from three months to up to 12 month… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott Statement on the Farm Bill

04.12.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after House Republicans released text of their Farm bill. "The Republicans' newly released Farm Bill is the latest attack on the economic security of American families and workers. The proposed changes to SNAP, including punitive work requirements, would put food out of reach for many. Because SNAP is tied to eligibility for other vital federal programs, the proposed changes to SNAP will keep families from accessin… Continue Reading

Rep. McEachin, Ranking Member Scott Hosted Briefing on Protecting Students’ Civil Rights

04.11.18   WASHINGTON - Congressmen A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, hosted a briefing on Protecting Students' Civil Rights to amplify the importance of preserving critical civil rights protections for students in light of recent hostile scrutiny from the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans. "Discriminatory discipline practices in our nation's schools hurt our children, particularly students of color an… Continue Reading

Scott Remarks at Roundtable on Automation and its Impact on Workers of Color

04.11.18   "Welcome, everyone, to our first roundtable exploring the disparate impact of automation and artificial intelligence on workers of color. I want to thank Spencer Overton, from the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies, for his leadership in highlighting how workers of color will be disproportionately impacted by automation. "This roundtable will explore the transportation sector and autonomous vehicles. We plan to host additional roundtables examining other sectors such as retail,… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott Statement on Executive Order to Cut Benefits

04.11.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) asking Departments to examine federal programs that support working families. "The Trump administration and Congressional Republicans want to pay for their $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy and corporations by undermining federal programs on which millions of working families depend. By adding unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and punitive work requirements, th… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott Statement on March Jobs Report

04.06.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 103,000 jobs in March, with the unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. "On average during President Obama's last full year in office, the economy added roughly 195,000 jobs a month, far more than the 103,000 jobs added last month. While it is encouraging that the latest jobs report shows that our economy remains relatively stable, there is still work t… Continue Reading

Bonamici Statement on New Report Establishing That School Discipline Practices Disproportionately Effect Students of Color

04.06.18   WASHINGTON, DC [04/06/18] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the House Education Committee, issued the following statement in response to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that confirms that students of color are disproportionately harmed by school discipline policies. "Fifty years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Government Accountability Office's alarming report on widespread bias in school discipline shows that we still have more wo… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on 8th Anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion

04.05.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the eighth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, which took the lives of 29 coal miners. "Since the Upper Big Branch Mine (UBB) explosion that took the lives of 29 coal miners eight years ago, all five independent investigation reports by state and federal agencies agree that the mine operator violated multiple safety standards. Key safety controls, such as water sprays, were disabled which enabled … Continue Reading

Scott, Nadler Release New GAO Report that Proves Students of Color Suffer Harsher Discipline for Lesser Offenses

04.04.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled, "Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities." The ranking members requested that the GAO investigate disparities in discipline policies and practices applied to students of color,… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott Statement on the Eighth Anniversary of SAFRA

03.30.18   "The higher education reforms and investments made in SAFRA were historic in size and scope. As working families struggled to recover from the Great Recession, SAFRA brought relief to millions of students and parents. Notably, SAFRA made higher education more accessible and affordable by increasing the maximum Pell Grant award and indexing it to inflation; establishing the direct lending program that stopped using billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize corporate lenders; and strengthening inv… Continue Reading

Scott, Pallone Urge HHS Secretary Azar to Protect, Not Undermine, Civil Rights in Health Care

03.28.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a public comment letter urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to withdraw a harmful proposed rule that would allow hospitals, doctors, and other individuals and institutions to deny care to patients based on religious beliefs. The Members raised concerns that the HHS's Office for Civil Rights' proposed rule would ultimately allow fo… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Activist Linda Brown

03.27.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of Linda Brown, who, as a young child, was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public education: "The courage and conviction of a nine-year-old girl named Linda Brown and her family serve as a powerful marker in our nation's long march toward educational equity. The 1954 landmark Supreme Court case that bears her name etched a powerfu… Continue Reading

Top Health Democrats’ Statement on Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

03.23.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA)-the top Democrats on committees with jurisdiction over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-today released the following joint statement to highlight the eighth anniversary of the law: "Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, legislation that ended decades of insurance companies price gougi… Continue Reading

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